Oysters, Oysters, and More Oysters!
March 28, 2013 by Whitney Rowan
Sowal is blessed to have access to some of the best seafood in the country, and our plump, salty, luscious oysters are among the finest in the world. Most come from Apalachicola Bay but when conditions aren't perfect there we get them in from Texas. Eat them raw on a Saltine cracker or delicately baked with gourmet ingredients. Oyster lovers will go a long way for a delicious and plump oyster - here's our latest SoWal LIST with some of our favorites nearby.
Stinky's Fish Camp in Santa Rosa Beach has been one of the most popular oyster stops for quite some time now. They are known for serving “Oysters All Day, All Ways.” Order a half dozen baked or try Stinky’s Stew, a local favorite recently featured on Emeril's Florida, which combines shrimp, mussels, fish, oysters, and snow crab leg, corn, potatoes, tomatoes in a basil butter broth. If you are feeling frisky, try a dozen shooters of raw oysters in a Bloody Mary mix.
5994 Scenic 30A West, Santa Rosa Beach | 850-267-3053
Hurricane Oyster Bar is located in Grayton Beach and has been a SoWal staple when oysters are the topic of discussion. They have a great happy hour special and serve oysters raw, grilled, steamed or baked. I suggest the World Tour raw oysters to get a little taste of everything. They serve up a mean Oysters Rockefeller but my favorite is the baked oysters served with jalapeño, bacon and cheddar cheese.
37 Logan Lane Suite 4, Grayton Beach | 850-231-0787
Dusty's Oyster Bar in Panama City Beach is an institution for raw oysters and the home of Scotty O’Lear, the three-time U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion. Sit down with a bucket of beer and enjoy a half dozen raw or the always delicious fried oyster po’boy. If that’s not enough, order the seafood oysters which come with alfredo, shrimp, crab and cheese.
16450 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach | 850-233-0035
Great Southern Café located in Seaside, offers one of the best happy hours on the beach. Every day from 4-6 pm they serve a dozen raw oysters for only five dollars along with great drink deals. Their oysters are big and plump and perfectly complemented by the house made horseradish and hot sauce. For drink suggestions, ask the bartender to whip up one of their creative cocktails to accompany the half shell delights.
83 Central Square, Seaside | 850-231-7327
Goatfeather's Restaurant & Seafood Market has locations in Seagrove Beach and Blue Mountain Beach. They are a great solution after a long day at the beach when going out for dinner is not an option. For the perfect beach party call ahead and order a box of oysters along with all of the fixins’. The western location in Santa Rosa Beach does have a fine sit-down dining experience for lunch and dinner.
3865 W. Scenic 30A, Santa Rosa Beach | 850-267-2627
4042 E. Scenic 30A, Seagrove Beach | 850-231-4004
We'd like to hear about your favorite SoWal spot for excellent oysters. Be sure to check the SoWal Dining Guide for all the info on South Walton area restaurants. The SoWal Dining Forum also has lots of info about dining in South Walton.